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Hindu Festivals in January 2018 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in January 2018

Dates of important festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in January 2018 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

  • Monday, January 1, 2018 – Purnima Fasting – Thiruvathira in Kerala
  • Tuesday, January 2 – Purnima – Shakambhari Purnima – Arudra Darshan in Tamil Culture
  • Wednesday – January 3 – Magh Month begins in North India.
  • Friday, January 5 – Sankashti Chaturthi, Sankat Chauth.
  • Monday, January 8 – Swami Vivekananda Jayanti as per Tithi, Kalashtami
  • Friday,  January 12 – Shattila Ekadasi fasting - Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda as per Gregorian Calendar
  • Saturday, January 13 – Lohri – Bhogi Pongal – Dhanrumasa ends
  • Sunday, January 14 – Pradosh Vrat – Pongal – Makar Sankranti – Makara Vilakku in Kerala.
  • Sunday, January 14 – Makaram Month begins in Kerala
  • Monday, January 15 – Shiv Chaturdashi (monthly Shivratri) – Magh Bihu – Mattu Pongal.
  • Monday, January 15 – Thai Masam begins in Tamil Calendar.
  • Monday, January 15 – Magh Month begins in Bengali Calendar.
  • Tuesday, January 16 – Amavasya – Thai Amavasya – Mauni Amavas – Kannum Pongal.
  • Thursday, January 18 – Magh month begins in calendars followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
  • Thursday, January 18 – Gupta Navratri begins
  • Sunday, January 21 – Ganesh Jayanti
  • Monday, January 22 – Vasant Panchami – Saraswati Puja
  • Tuesday, January 23 – Monthly Muruga Sashti Fasting
  • Wednesday, January 24 – Ratha Saptami, Magh Saptami, Narmada Jayanti
  • Thursday, January 25 – Bhishma Ashtami – Monthly Durga Ashtami
  • Saturday, January 27 – Smarta Ekadasi Fasting – Jaya Ekadashi
  • Sunday, January 28 – Bhagavad Ekadasi Fasting – Bhishma Dwadashi
  • Monday, January 29 – Som Pradosh Vrat
  • Wednesday, January 31 – Purnima – Chandra Grahan – Purnima Fasting – Guru Ravidas Jayanti – Thai Pusam.